From staff reports
MOUNT UNION - Even a six-run lead wasn't enough to make Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli comfortable Monday.
That's not a surprise - the Trojans have had their struggles in late innings, and against Huntingdon it was no different. But thanks to a strong relief performance by Cory Kylor, the Bearcats' drive to win came up short.
Mount Union won the non-league rivalry contest, 7-5.
Kylor took the mound in the sixth with one on and took down three straight batters - but that was after Huntingdon added four to its total. Two batters got aboard in the seventh with one out, but Kylor ended it there.
"He had a really deserved save, I'll tell you," Imperioli said. "I knew Huntingdon would make a run at us. They're well coached."
The catch-up effort is something the veteran coach said has plagued his team.
"Lately that's been a problem for us," he said. "We were a bit shaky - the last two innings they we really were hanging on."
Boomer Brown had the most offensive production in the win, hitting 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs.
Mount Union (6-1) hosts Moshannon Valley today.
Midd-West 4, Mount Carmel 0
BEAVER SPRINGS - Austin Hockenbrock hit a two-run double and Luke Zimmerman sent a two-run ball over the fence as Midd-West blanked Mount Carmel 4-0 in a Heartland Conference interdivisional game Monday.
Zimmerman's sixth-inning homer came right after a foul ball, and made him a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate.
"He hit three rockets. He's locked in - he's just hitting it right on the screws," Midd-West coach Ron Flood said.
Flood said the hitting wasn't coming as often as he hoped, but definitely came at the right time.
"We did get the base hits when we needed them," he said.
Colton Keister struck out seven in the win.
Midd-West (3-4) travels to Benton Wednesday.
Cedar Cliff 7, Mifflin County 6
CAMP HILL - Cy Treaster led off the top of the seventh with a single and in the course of the inning the Huskies plated five to bring their Mid-Penn Conference game against Cedar Cliff to within one run, but fell just short of the Colts in the 7-6 final.
"We were able to piece some things together and get five runs," Mifflin County coach Travis Zook said, but explained that lately it has been a trend for the Huskies to score late in the game, and he would like to see them string together some runs earlier.
Treaster went 2-for-3, teammate Lucas McKay hit an RBI double in the seventh and Evan Pupo, Drew Hannon and Isaac Strohecker also claimed RBIs, but the Colts still triumphed.
Mifflin County (3-4, 3-4) hosts State College on Wednesday.
Mifflin County 5, Chambersburg 0
CHAMBERSBURG - Mifflin County tennis took care of business on Monday, sweeping Commonwealth Division opponent Chambersburg in every match for the 5-0 victory.
Clay Morgan had a close match with Chambersburg's Alex Williams, winning his first set in a 7-4 tiebreaker before taking the second set 6-3 for the win.
No. 1 singles man Conner Saltzer and No. 2 Matt DeBenedetto had more decisive victories as Saltzer dropped Brendan Bittle 6-3, 6-2 and DeBenedetto dominated Charlie Scanzello 6-0, 6-2.
Cody Donaldson and Nate Koller won their doubles match in similar fashion, dropping Haris Ahmed and Naushair Hussain 6-2, 6-3 while Ben Hugendubler and Ben Renninger won a close pro set, 8-6, over Nayyer Malik and Jay Padala.
Mifflin County (7-4) travels to Central Mountain on Wednesday.
Newport 6, Juniata 4
MIFFLINTOWN - Newport's Tessa Campbell struck out seven batters, hit a home run and drove two across the plate to inspire the Buffaloes in a 6-4 win over Juniata in Tri-Valley League softball Monday.
Juniata managed only six hits to Newport's 10, with two each coming from Kristen Pray - who also had a double - and Tiffiany Shoop.
Newport went out front early, leading 2-1 after an inning and adding three more in the second. Juniata plated two in the third but never got closer as the teams traded runs in the seventh.
Juniata (2-5, 2-3) hosts Halifax today.
East Juniata 7, Hughesville 1
HUGHESVILLE - Ashlyn Erhard threw four strikeouts and allowed six hits and teammate Autumn Dressler went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs as the East Juniata softball team dropped non-league opponent Hughesville, 7-1, on Monday.
"Ashlyn pitched very well and the defense was behind her," East Juniata coach Joe Schilling said.
The Tigers had 10 hits and no errors compared to Hughesville's six runs and seven errors.
East Juniata gets back into Tri-Valley League action Thursday when the Tigers host Line Mountain.
Game one: Mount Union 21, Philipsburg Osceola 1: Sarrah Gearhart got the win with eight strikeouts. Mount Union had home runs from Kaitlyn Stinson and Diana Roher and triples from Alexa Knable and Abby Varner. Mickenzey Goodrich went 4-for-4.
Game two: Mount Union 4, Philipsburg Osceola 0: Darrian Dixon had 10 strikeouts in the win. Roher went 3-for-3 with a home run. Mount Union travels to Moshannon Valley today.